Shrewsbury College hosted the annual High Sheriff’s Young Citizenship Award this week, celebrating exceptional young people throughout Shropshire.
Now in its twelfth year, the event continues to showcase the many endeavours carried out by young people (aged 18 years and under) who participate in activities within school and the wider community and gain the skills and experiences to cope with life and the challenges it brings.
This year 33 groups or young citizens from across the county were nominated by schools and youth organisations. Parents, guardians and teachers joined the nominees during the evening’s award ceremony – all those nominated received a certificate from the High Sheriff.
The High Sheriff for Shropshire, Christine Homes JP, said: “In my year as High Sheriff I want to celebrate Shropshire and in particular celebrate its volunteers, who give their talents and expertise for the benefit of society. I want to recognise the special and exclusive contribution Shropshire volunteers make. You do it for love and not because you were forced to. Volunteering and helping others is good for you, it helps with your personal development and makes you into mature and responsible adults. The High Sheriff Youth Awards is recognition of what you have all achieved.”
Ruth Blackhurst, Event co-ordinator at Shrewsbury College, said: “This is the third time I’ve been directly involved with the High Sheriff awards and it’s always a pleasure to host an event where young people who work exceptionally hard and/or overcome barriers are rewarded.”
The two winners included: Daisy Martin, from Shrewsbury College, for her continued positive and enthusiastic attitude towards her studies whilst battling with severe medical conditions and Aleksandra Malczewska, from Madeley Academy, for her talent to help the Academy reach out to students that speak little or no English by translating conversations from Polish to English for members of staff.
The High Sheriff concluded, “I would like to thank everyone for coming along tonight. To those who have received awards and those who have nominated someone and to Shrewsbury College, its events team and the Principal. This evening has been a great success.”
Nominations came from – Shrewsbury College, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, Adams College, Bridgnorth Endowed School, Charlton School, Telford & Wrekin Community Participation, Ellesmere College, Energize (Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin), Greenfields Primary School, Harlescott Junior School, Madeley Academy, Morton Hall, Oakmeadow CE Primary School, Oswestry School, Shifnal Primary School, Shrewsbury Police Station, Shropshire Youth Association, Sundorne Infant School and Nursery, Telford College of Arts and Technology, The Corbet School and Worfield CE Endowed Primary School.